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White House and Department of Homeland Security Want a Way Around Encryption
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White House and Department of Homeland Security Want a Way Around Encryption

The White House and U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials support arguments by the nation’s law enforcement and intelligence leaders that encryption technology...

Shifts in Computer Science Interest
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Shifts in Computer Science Interest

A new study found that while interest in computer science among both men and women has fluctuated over the last four decades, women were consistently underrepresented...

Congress Probes Possible Bias Against Women in U.S. Science Funding
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Congress Probes Possible Bias Against Women in U.S. Science Funding

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has launched an investigation into whether gender bias is influencing the awarding of research grants, which would be...

Concerns of an Artificial Intelligence Pioneer
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Concerns of an Artificial Intelligence Pioneer

The computer scientist Stuart Russell wants to ensure that our increasingly intelligent machines remain aligned with human values.

Security Professionals Stymied by Outdated Visualization Tools
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Security Professionals Stymied by Outdated Visualization Tools

Earlier this year, the film Blackhat got high marks for realistic scenes in which hackers and information security specialists work at their computers to hunt down...

How Benford's Law Reveals Suspicious Activity on Twitter
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How Benford's Law Reveals Suspicious Activity on Twitter

Back in the 1880s, the American astronomer Simon Newcomb noticed something strange about the book of logarithmic tables in his library—the earlier pages were much...

NASA's NExSS Coalition to Lead Search for Life on Distant Worlds
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NASA's NExSS Coalition to Lead Search for Life on Distant Worlds

NASA is bringing together experts spanning a variety of scientific fields for an unprecedented initiative dedicated to the search for life on planets outside our...

Disney Researchers Show Soft Sides With Layered Fabric 3D Printer
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Disney Researchers Show Soft Sides With Layered Fabric 3D Printer

Researchers have developed a three-dimensional printer that layers laser-cut sheets of fabric to form soft, squeezable objects. 

A Research Agenda for Intelligent Systems Will Result in Fundamental New Capabilities for Understanding the Earth System
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A Research Agenda for Intelligent Systems Will Result in Fundamental New Capabilities for Understanding the Earth System

The U.S. National Science Foundation last month hosted a workshop that, it hopes, will result in new capabilities for understanding the Earth system. 

Researchers Hack Sony Headset to Simulate Autism
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Researchers Hack Sony Headset to Simulate Autism

Japanese researchers have used an experimental headset to simulate the vision and hearing of people with autism spectrum disorder. 

Smart City Technology May Be Vulnerable to Hackers
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Smart City Technology May Be Vulnerable to Hackers

Cesar Cerrudo, chief technology officer at IOActive Labs, says "smart city" technologies are vulnerable to cyberattacks. 

Revenge of the Nerds: Starting Salaries for Class of 2015 Techies Top $100K
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Revenge of the Nerds: Starting Salaries for Class of 2015 Techies Top $100K

Demand for students graduating with computer science, software engineering, and computer engineering degrees is on the rise.

How Click Farms Have Inflated Social Media Currency
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How Click Farms Have Inflated Social Media Currency

Every Morning, Kim Casipong strolls past barbed wire, six dogs, and a watchman in order to get to her job in a pink apartment building decorated with ornate stonework...

3D Simulations of Colliding Black Holes Hailed As Most Realistic Yet
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3D Simulations of Colliding Black Holes Hailed As Most Realistic Yet

When astronomers try to simulate colliding giant black holes, they usually rely on simplified approximations to model the swirling disks of matter that surround...

On Time-Lapse Rocket Ride to Trade Center's Top, Glimpse of Doomed Tower
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On Time-Lapse Rocket Ride to Trade Center's Top, Glimpse of Doomed Tower

An imposingly realistic vision of the old 1 World Trade Center, the ultimately doomed north tower, will begin appearing next month in a most unlikely place: the...

How Factory Workers Learned to Love Their Robot Colleagues
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How Factory Workers Learned to Love Their Robot Colleagues

Workers at a Navistar truck plant in Ohio weren't eager to make friends when a new colleague showed up on the factory floor nearly 40 years ago.

Google's Project Loon Close to Launching Thousands of Balloons
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Google's Project Loon Close to Launching Thousands of Balloons

Google is close to launching thousands of balloons in an effort to provide Internet access from the sky. 

Paper Memory Ready to Roll
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Paper Memory Ready to Roll

Researchers have printed memory circuits directly on paper using roll-to-roll printing techniques and commercially available metallic inks. 

N-ZERO Envisions 'Asleep-yet-Aware' Electronics That Could Revolutionize Remote Wireless Sensors
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N-ZERO Envisions 'Asleep-yet-Aware' Electronics That Could Revolutionize Remote Wireless Sensors

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Near Zero Power and Sensor Operations program is working to develop wireless, event-driven sensing capabilities...

ACM Honors Wing, Hall for Service, Contribution
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ACM Honors Wing, Hall for Service, Contribution

  Recognizing the vision and achievement of two leaders who have transformed the way the world views computing.  
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